Two people were killed by the violent repression of the Colombian Army against farmer protests in the district of Catatumbo (Norte de Santander). The soldiers shoot with real fire against some 7000 farmers in Ocaña and Tibú, when these attempted to take the local airport as part of their protest.
The victims are Leonel Jácome and Edilson Jaimes, whose injuries were caused by live fire. There are also many arrested, eight injured and one severely intoxicated by the inhalation of tear gas.
The Catatumbo farmers have been protesting for the last seven days in demand of the declaration of their district as Agricultural Reservation Zone and a plan to gradually replace drug cultivation by sustainable crops.
The ultra-reactionary President of Colombia, José Manuel Santos (a posh born in an oligarchic family) claimed with absolutely no evidence that the protests were "infiltrated" by the guerrilla Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), what has been interpreted as an invitation to have the farmers massacred.